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Celebrating International Women’s Day

Posted on: 8 March 2023

International Women’s Day (IWD) takes place every 8 March worldwide and celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. As part of IWD and to celebrate women within the GP Care Group, we asked three colleagues what equity looks like them.

This year’s theme is ‘Embrace Equity’ which recognises that each person has different circumstances and requires specific resources and opportunities to reach an equal outcome. This differs from equality, which means an individual or group of people is given the same resources or opportunities. 

We enjoyed their thoughtful responses, and we believe you will gain some timely insight from them.

Zainab Arian - Incoming acting Chief Executive Officer

“Equity for me looks like us understanding the differences that we have like gender. Acknowledging but more importantly addressing the barriers that this can create. Allowing us to provide opportunities for everyone. We first must have equity before we can enjoy equality”

Farrah Idris - Social Prescriber

“When all women globally are listened and responded to in a just and fair way.”

Layla Abdi - Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion Facilitator

“Equity to me means a world where everyone is respected, valued, and is given an equitable opportunity to reach their full potential, free from systemic barriers that obstruct their path.”

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Highlights of IWD events in Tower Hamlets 

Activities and events celebrating women are taking place throughout March, which is also known as Women’s History Month. Read on for highlights of what’s happening in Tower Hamlets. 

International Women Week 6-12 March 2023

Tower Hamlets Council with partners are hosting a weeklong programme of community sports and physical activities sessions for females aged 11 to 50+ in celebration of International Women’s Week 2023.

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International Women’s Day Event – 8 March

ELBA & Standard Chartered are hosting an International Women's Day event focused on networking, leadership and strategy.

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Celebrating International Women's Day - Embrace Equity - 16 March

Tower Hamlets Homes invites residents to their event centred around the theme “Embracing Equity” on Thursday 16 March at The Atrium, Bethnal Green, 124 Dunbridge Street, E2 6EJ.  

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Women's History Month in East London - Until Friday 31 March

Contemporary women artists, activists, writers and performers present a diverse programme of events and exhibitions celebrating women in galleries, venues, libraries and institutions across East London.

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Women4Women - Research findings and film – 13 March

Join Positive East, Queen Mary University and Barts Health NHS Trust for the launch of their findings through community research on the barriers to PrEP faced by Black women in East London, alongside the premiere of their animation to promote the power of PrEP for women of African descent.

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International Women's Day: Innovation and Technology – 13 March

To celebrate International Women's Day, the Ethnic Minority Network at the Limehouse Project is hosting a women-only event. This year's theme is innovation and technology.

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